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Velamalshinim

Why did Chazal feel the need to establish a prayer critiquing Christianity? What critical perspective does this prayer teach us?

Halachah and Mussar

An analysis of a very perplexing Gemarah, demonstrating how we can uncover the great sensitivity and values of Chazal and learn from them- if we learn properly. 

Thoughts for Yom HaShoah

Perspectives on the Shoah- for Yom Hashoah, and for always. 

What should the focus be in our Chinuch?

A major eye-opener!

How do the educational priorities of our institutions of Jewish education (High Schools, Yeshivot and Seminaries etc.) and that of our contemporary Rabanim match up with those of the Torah? How do the topics that most come up in derashot, sichot and shiurim compare to those of the Torah? 

In this class we examine [in a very fun and experiential way] the degree to which the Torah focuses on the more (and less popular) topics and see how they stack up- the results should give all Rabbanim and educators, in fact all Jews who care about Torah, some food for thought! 

Hashkiveinu

A careful reading of the meaning and message of this deep and beautiful tefillah (Hashkiveinu). Alos sheds light on the "dayenu" section of the Haggadah- and more. 

Amalek- Perspectives on Mechiat Amalek

1. A brief analysis of the nature of the particular brand of evil exemplified by Amalek. Also: Why do we particualrly have a mitzvah of Tzedakah on Purim?

2. Putting the obligation to destroy Amalek into perspective. 

Religious Jews who are Godless

Chazal describe two types of Jews who despite their Torah and Mitzvot are considered to be as if they have no God! Who are they and why? Where does this notion come from?

The concept of of Kanaut Revisited

A deeper look at the Pinchas narrative, especially in terms of Chazal's comments. A different way of understanding what kanaut is all about. 

The depths of Ahavah Rabbah

An exploration of the meaning and message of this most beautiful tefillah. The shiur also sheds light on Birchot Keriat Shema in general. 

Unanswered Prayers

We all struggle with the issue of our sincere prayers that apparently were not answered. A perspective on how we should relate to this issue, and what prayer is- and is not.